Thursday , October 21 2021

"There is no happy end to drug trafficking"


The creator of "Narcos", the Netflix series that tells the story of cocaine in Latin America and is already available on the platform, said in an interview with Telam that the United States is "the main problem" for the drug trafficking subsystem and that for business bosses "there is no end happy".

This is Eric Newman, American producer and chief creative officer of the series who, after three seasons focusing on the Colombian cartel Cali and Medellin and figures such as Pablo Escobar, is now taking action elsewhere and elsewhere.

With Diego Luna as the capo of the Guadalajara cartel Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, "Narcos: México" traveled in the late 70s and early 80s, before the country became a global center for drug trafficking.

– Télam: What distinguishes this from the Colombian seasons of this series?

– Eric Newman: Mexico's experience in the "War on Drugs" is very different from that in Colombia. The Colombian was somehow victorious, because he killed large cartels and violence reached its peak in the early 90s. Mexico not only did not win the war, but everything got worse and worse.

– T: And to find germs from this news "Narcos" must travel to the past.

– E.N .: When I went into research for the series, I realized how many aspects of the history of narcotics in Mexico began in the late 70s with the growth of traders in Guadalajara. Felix Gallardo was brilliant, he nationalized an industry that had previously been a handful of drug addicts. That is the first real super cartel.

– Q: Why is people's passion about this kind of story?

– E.N. I think that part is related to the fact that this is a true story, that these things really happened to give him the value of education. But also with the way we work on our character; our goal is easy to connect with them, that they are understandable.

– Q: How do you define the tone to present this villain?

– E.N .: I always think that bad people, even the worst, are basically humans. In a two-hour film you don't have time to redeem a character who does something terrible, but in twenty hours of television you can see how bad a man is and at the same time empathize with him. In one episode you can see that he killed several people and in other cases related to him seeing how much he loved his children.

– Q: What do you think about the critics who say that this humanization "glorifies" the traders?

– E.N .: There was no glory at the end of Pablo Escobar, blowing birthday candles in a dirt hideout, away from his family. These people are rich, but they don't live to enjoy their money; There is no happy ending in the drug trafficking business. I think there is a danger in not humanizing monsters, because what you will say is that the monster was born and that is not true. If we think that we can lose the chance to stop them before they take the form of monsters.

-T: Why is this "war" against drugs unsuccessful?

-E.N .: America has the largest market in the world for drug trafficking, we are the main reason for this problem because we punish addicts. The United States likes the idea that the problem is dark-skinned people who send us drugs we don't want, when in fact we really want them and more than anything else.

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